Scripture reading – Proverbs 3; Proverbs 4

Proverbs 4“Wisdom Is the Principal Thing” (Proverbs 4:7)

The book of Proverbs magnifies WISDOM as its central theme, and challenges us to make the pursuit of WISDOM a daily priority. The first ten verses of Proverbs 4 chronicles the legacy of godly wisdom Solomon had received from his father, King David (Proverbs 4:1-10).  Solomon wrote concerning his father’s instructions:

Proverbs 4:3-4 – “For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. He taught me also [perhaps “laid down the law”], and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live [prosper].”

Isn’t that the desire of godly parents? To see their children, grow up, make wise decisions, and enjoy God’s blessing. Of course, the acquisition of wisdom is essential as the basis for making wise decisions. Solomon, quoting his father, writes:

Proverbs 4:7 – “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get [acquire] understanding [discernment].”

When Solomon wrote of WISDOM, he was referring to the wisdom of God, not the wisdom of man. Biblical wisdom begins with being in a right relationship with God; after all, “The fear [reverence] of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge” (Proverbs 1:7a).

Knowledge of God’s Word, and an obedient walk are fundamental to the acquisition of godly wisdom. While “a fool is right in his own eyes,” and can be taught nothing, “he that hearkeneth [listens and heeds] unto counsel is wise” (Proverbs 12:15). No wonder David challenged Solomon, “Wisdom is the principal thing!” 

Closing thoughts – Good parents are concerned their children will grow up and make right decisions; but how many make the effort to teach them to love, fear, and obey the Lord?

Many well-meaning parents dedicate their lives to giving their children every opportunity to succeed. I fear, however, there are some who will learn too late there is something more to success and happiness than an education, possessions, and an inheritance—Wisdom.

Get wisdom!

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